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Honors, designations and recognitions


Penn State Harrisburg gave Alumni Achievement Awards to graduates from each of its schools. Luke Kempski received the School of Behavioral Science and Education award. He is president of JPL, a marketing and communications firm in Swatara Township. His efforts helped the company expand into interactive media such as e-learning, Web development and webcasting. He received a master's of education in training and development from Penn State Harrisburg in 1995. The School of Business Administration award was given to E. Philip Wenger, president and chief of operations of Fulton Financial Corp. He has held numerous positions within Fulton since starting his career there shortly after graduation, including executive vice president of corporate banking; senior executive vice president of Lancaster, York, and Chester counties; and chief operating officer. He received a bachelor's degree in finance in 1979 and an MBA in 1987. The School of Humanities award was given to Kathy Marley-Dunbar, who received a bachelor's degree in American studies in 1989 and a master's in American studies in 1993. She has been active with the Art Association of Harrisburg and Harrisburg Area Community College's Gettysburg Campus. The School of Public Affairs award was given to Richard White, who received a doctorate in public administration in 1997. He is a dean and a distinguished professor of business with the E.J. Ourso College of Business at Louisiana State University and a former senior officer of the U.S. Coast Guard. The School of Science, Engineering and Technology award went to John Mason Jr., who received a degree in transportation technology in 1972. Since 2008, he has been associate provost and vice president for research with Auburn University, where he is responsible for research program development, sponsored programs and technology transfer and commercialization. Previously, he was an associate dean for graduate studies, research and outreach with Penn State's College of Engineering.


Harrisburg-based Modern Transit Partnership gave U.S. Rep. Tim Holden its Friend of Transit Award in recognition of his staunch support for transit and transportation issues throughout the region during his 20-year career in the U.S. House of Representatives. Most recently, he has been the senior Pennsylvania member on the House Transportation and Infrastructure committee, as well as the Highways and Transit and Aviation subcommittees.

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